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MS in School Librarianship

The MS in School Librarianship degree enables graduates to seek professional employment in Pre-K—12 school libraries. The degree can be completed in four semesters with full time enrollment.

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Program Overview

The School Librarianship program is an approved competency-based program registered by the New York State Education Department and is authorized to recommend students for certification for the Library Media Specialist, K-12 Initial Certificate. All school librarianship courses are offered online.

Students must complete a minimum of 39 credits with a 3.00 (B) average or better.

Why School Librarianship?

UB’s MS in School Librarianship program will prepare students to teach in a 21st century school library. All courses include the latest research-based, best practices occurring in the school library field.

  • Students are exposed to a variety of strategies and techniques for teaching information literacy based on new standards of practice as outlined in the Common Core Learning Standards and the Annual Professional Performance Review.
  • Students learn how to participate in a collaborative culture where feedback is provided, including peer review of their teaching practices.
  • Upon leaving the program graduates are equipped with a digital portfolio that could be shared with potential employers as well as a video recording providing evidence of instructional experience.

We believe that the core experience in preparing school librarians is clinical practice. Clinical preparation is integrated throughout every facet of the school librarianship program in a dynamic way.

Students are provided experiences to learn from practitioners in a laboratory-like fashion. These clinically-based teaching experiences will allow students to collect their own data to inform their teaching practice. Students’ teaching will be directly linked to the Common Core Learning Standards and outcome data, including student artifacts, as well as summative and formative assessments.

Upon graduation, students are well poised to thrive in the high-stakes accountability environment of the 21st century educational system.

Application Requirements

Our MS in School Librarianship degree program features flexible options that offer both fall and spring admission.  Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis.

The applicant should have received an undergraduate bachelor degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better by the intended beginning semester. Applications with lower GPAs may still be considered and granted a “conditional admission” . To apply for admission to the MS School Librarianship program, please submit the following materials:

  • A completed online application.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Official transcripts from each institution that you have attended. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to submit an official UB transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation. If you have graduated within the past 5 years, preferably at least two should be academic references and one professional reference.
  • Statement of Education and Career Goals. Please write a detailed statement describing your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in the information and library studies field. Include your professional goals and objectives and indicate any area of special interest within the field.
  • GRE or GMAT scores are required and must be submitted*.

* Beginning in fall 2015, the only exceptions to the admission requirement of a standardized exam (such as the GRE or MAT) for the MS program is one of the following:

  1. If an applicant already has a master’s degree and a GPA in that degree of 3.5 or greater; or,
  2. If an applicant already has a Ph.D. or equivalent (e.g., Ed.D. or J.D.).

Special Notes:

  • When filing your online application, please be sure to indicate that you are interested in completing the program online.
  • Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name.  If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.
  • English Language preparation (international students only): International students are strongly encouraged to attend the six-week summer intensive English language program before enrolling in courses. For more information, please visit the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI).

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.


Recommendation Letters:

If your program requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.

Program Requirements

School Librarianship Required Courses (3 credit hours per course)

  • LIS 507 Information Life Cycle
  • LIS 508 Information Users and Use
  • LIS 518 Reference Sources and Services
  • LIS 524 School Media Center Field Experience
  • LIS 525 School Media Center Practicum¹
  • LIS 532 Curriculum Role of the Media Specialist
  • LIS 534 Resources and Services for Children
  • LIS 535 Resources and Services for Young Adults
  • LIS 538 Pedagogy for School Librarians
  • LIS 568 Computer Applications in the School Library Media Center
  • LIS 575 Introduction to Research Methods
  • LIS 585 Management of School Library Media Centers
  • LAI 574 Teaching the Exceptional Learner in the Regular Education Classroom

What is the Time Commitment?

Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.


Learn More

The MS in School Librarianship degree program is within the Department of Information and Library Science in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.  

University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband  connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.